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Encyclopedia > Gareth Farr

Gareth Farr ONZM (born February 29, 1968) is a New Zealand composer and percussionist. He has released a number of classical CDs and composed a number of works performed by the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) and New Zealand Ballet. He has also performed in drag under the name Lilith LaCroix in a show called Drumdrag and has also released a CD under that name. The New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of chivalry established on 30 May 1996 by Queen Elizabeth II of New Zealand. ... February 29 is a day added into a leap year of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... Percussion redirects here. ... This 90 player orchestra is a Crown Entity owned by the Government of New Zealand. ...

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Early life and career

Farr was born in Wellington. He began his studies at Auckland University in composition, orchestration and electronic music. While studying there, he performed as a member of the Auckland Philharmonia and the Karlheinz Company. Farr was always available as a performer to play new works by other composers. Returning to Wellington in 1988 for further study at Victoria University, he gained note for his compositions; at this time becoming increasingly exciting with him exploring the Indonesian gamelan. He played percussion frequently with the NZSO before going to the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York for advanced study. For the first Duke of Wellington, see Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington. ... The University of Auckland is New Zealands largest research-based university by student numbers. ... Musical composition is a phrase used in a number of contexts, the most commonly used being a piece of music. ... Orchestration is the study or practice of writing music for orchestra (or, more loosely, for any musical ensemble) or of adapting for orchestra music composed for another medium. ... For other uses, see Electronic music (disambiguation). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Victoria University may refer to: Victoria University of Bangladesh, Dhaka, Bangladesh (see www. ... Gamelan - Indonesian Embassy in Canberra A gamelan is a kind of musical ensemble of Indonesia typically featuring a variety of instruments such as metallophones, xylophones, drums, and gongs; bamboo flutes, bowed and plucked strings, and vocalists may also be included. ... The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra (NZSO) is the national orchestra of New Zealand. ... The Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester (also known more simply as The Eastman School, Eastman, or ESM) is a music conservatory located in the United States. ... This article is about the city of Rochester in Monroe County. ...


Later career

Farr became the composer in residence with Chamber Music New Zealand at 25, the youngest person to hold that post. In 1994, he had four works commissioned for the 1994 International Festival of the Arts including Lilith's Dream of Ecstasy and works for flautist Alexa Still and pianist Michael Houstoun as well as a ballet. Michael Houstoun (20 October 1952 —) is a concert pianist from New Zealand. ...


His work From the Depths Sound the Great Sea Gongs was specially commissioned for the 50th anniversary of the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Farr also wrote an orchestral piece Te Papa for the opening of Te Papa, the National Museum of New Zealand, in 1998. Te Papa (Our Place), The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa The Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa is the national museum of New Zealand. ...


In 2000, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra performed his percussion concerto Hikoi with Evelyn Glennie at the Sydney Olympics. He has released four CDs of his work on the Trust label with the fifth, Ruaumoko released in early 2006.[1] This 90 player orchestra is a Crown Entity owned by the Government of New Zealand. ... Evelyn Glennie on the cover of her greatest hits album. ... The 2000 Summer Olympics or the Millennium Games/Games of the New Millennium, officially known as the Games of the XXVII Olympiad, were the Summer Olympic Games held in 2000 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. ...


In 2005, he provided the music for Vula staged during the Christchurch Arts Festival prior to the world debut of his Triple Concerto performed by the New Zealand Trio and Christchurch Symphony. During 2006, New Zealand premieres of Gareth's music included Funambulistic Strains for orchestra and trombone, performed by David Bremner and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, The Wedding for the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and TROY the Musical with librettist Paul Jenden. This article is about the city in New Zealand. ... This 90 player orchestra is a Crown Entity owned by the Government of New Zealand. ... The Royal New Zealand Ballet is based in Wellington, New Zealand. ...


In December 2005 Gareth visited Antarctica as part of Antarctica New Zealand's artist programme. The result of the two week residency was a piece for baritone singer and orchestra inspired by the ill fated last expedition of Robert Falcon Scott. The work will be performed in 2008 by London based New Zealand singer Paul Whelan and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Scott of the Antarctic redirects here. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... This 90 player orchestra is a Crown Entity owned by the Government of New Zealand. ...


Lilith LaCroix

Gareth Farr also performs in drag as Lilith LaCroix in cabaret shows. The cabaret Drumdrag features Lilith playing the drums and Farr has recorded a CD released under her name. LaCroix also made a music video to promote the album. Advertisers have also asked LaCroix to appear in advertisements.


Farr promotes himself as an entertainer as well as a composer. "I would, perhaps, be criticised for being too entertaining by some composers, but I don't know what's wrong with that because that is why I write music—I'm an entertainer. That's a dirty word in the classical department, but I don't care. I've even got it on my business card—composer/entertainer—because, hey, let's face it, that's what I do."[2]


Honours

Farr was made an Officer of New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2006 Queen's Birthday Honours List for services to music and entertainment. The New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of chivalry established on 30 May 1996 by Queen Elizabeth II of New Zealand. ...


References

  1. ^  Refreshments music reviews, New Zealand Listener 2005-11-05, Vol. 201 Issue 3417, p41
  2. ^  "White hot" The Press, 2005-10-26, pD1
  • TeAra The Encyclopedia of New Zealand article on Farr
  • Gareth Farr webpage
  • "White Hot" The Press arts feature 2005-10-26
  • Allmusic.com Classical Music Profile of Farr
  • Christchurch Library article on Farr
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